Ontario reports more than 500 new COVID-19 cases, 17 more deaths


Ontario is reporting 531 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, up from the previous day of 485. The provincial case total now stands at 557,451.

Of the 531 new cases recorded, the data showed 382 were unvaccinated people, 46 were partially vaccinated people, 75 were full vaccinated people and 28 were unknown.

According to Thursday’s report, 116 cases were recorded in Toronto, 63 in Peel Region, 62 in York Region, 46 in Hamilton, 43 in Windsor-Essex.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 40 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 9,448 as 17 deaths were recorded. However, 15 deaths occurred more than two months ago and was included in today’s report due to a data system cleanup, the ministry of health said.

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As of 8 p.m. on Wednesday, 45,545 vaccines (16,610 for a first shot and 28,935 for a second shot) were administered in the last day.

There are more than 9.6 million people fully immunized with two doses which is 74.2 per cent of the eligible (12+) population. First dose coverage stands at 81.8 per cent.

Meanwhile, 543,760 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 98 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 338 from the previous day.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 4,243 — up from the previous day when it was at 4,067, and is up from Aug. 12 when it was at 2,868. At the peak of the second wave coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit just above 30,000. In the third wave in April, active cases topped 43,000.

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The seven-day average has now reached 498 which is up from yesterday at 496, and is up from last week when it was 375. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 150.

The government said 26,213 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 13,142 tests awaiting results.

Test positivity for Thursday hit 2.4 per cent. Last week, test positivity was at 2.1 per cent.

Ontario reported 176 people in general hospital wards with COVID-19 (up by two from the previous day). No recent ICU data was available due to a “technical issue.” On Tuesday, the province said there were 127 patients in ICUs with 98 patients on ventilators.

Provincial officials recently announced they would start including the vaccination status of those hospitalized due to COVID-19 as part of their daily COVID-19 data reporting.

They noted the new dataset will grow and improve over time as more information is collected.

The most recent data showed for those in general hospital wards with COVID, 75 were unvaccinated, 8 were partially vaccinated and 13 were fully vaccinated. For those in ICUs, 6 were fully vaccinated while 52 were unvaccinated and 6 were partially vaccinated.

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